Demographics

Portland Community College is the largest institution of higher learning in the state, serving more than 1,395,000 college-age residents in a five-county, 1,500-squaremile area in northwest Oregon. The district includes the state’s largest city, Portland, and the most rapidly growing population areas in the state. PCC enrolls more than 86,164 full- and part-time students annually, or one in 16 residents.

Student Enrollment 2007–08

PCC received approximately $26.9 million in grants and contracts in 2007-08. About one-third of all full and part-time credit students receive financial aid in 2007-08.

  • Average age 35; most frequent age 20
  • 57% Female, 43% Male
  • 65% employed full or part time
  • Total headcount: 86,730
  • Total full-time equivalent: 23,794
  • Credit students: 42,368
  • All other students combined: 44,362
  • Credit students enrolled full time (>12 credit hours): 39%
New Students (Background Education) Chart

New Students (Background Education)

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

49.3%
No previous college
34.5%
Some college
4.2%
Associate's degree
8.2%
Bachelor's Degree
3.8%
Master's / Doctoral degree
Why Students Come to PCC

Why students come to PCC

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

35.4%
Work toward bachelor’s degree
21.5%
Personal enrichment
12.6%
Explore new career
11.2%
Explore new educational opportunity
10.5%
Skills to get or keep a job
4.8%
Improve writing, math, reading skills
4.1%
High school completion
Ethnic Backgrounds Chart

Ethnic Backgrounds

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

74%
Caucasian
10%
Hispanic
10%
Asian, Pacific Islander
5%
African American
1%
Native American
Educational Fields Chart

Educational Fields

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

48%
Lower Division Transfer
28%
Career/Technical
9%
Adult Education
6%
Community Education
8%
Other

Employee Statistics 2007–08

Faculty

  • Total: 1,676
  • Full Time: 438
  • Part Time: 1,238

Staff

  • Total: 2,168
  • Full Time: 874
  • Part Time: 1,238